07/22/2017 12:48 AM -
WMBL Round Up for July 21
Regina 12 at Swift Current 8 (12 innings)
The battle for Eastern Division supremacy took place at Mitchell Field in Swift Current. The Red Sox and 57’s both came into the contest with identical records of 26-12. This one was worth the price of admission for the 671 in attendance as it took 12 innings to finally decide a winner.
Like any good heavyweight battle this was went back and forth. Swift Current struck first taking a six-run lead before the Red Sox bats got hot. Regina came back and these top teams headed to extra innings tied 8-8. The Queen City Kids grabbed sole possession of first place when they came up with a four run 12th inning for the win.
Aden Campbell smacked his seventh homerun of the season and added a double, three runs, two walks and two RBIs in the Red Sox come from behind victory. Catcher Antonio Torres chipped in with four hits including a double and two RBI.
Swift Current got homeruns from Blake Adams, Bodie Cooper and Brett Esau. On this night, Adams also had four hits and two runs.
Regina sent left-handed Austin Alarid to the mound as their starter and went five innings. The Sox used five pitchers including eventual winner Kevin Borst who tossed the final 3.1 innings.
Bobby St. Pierre, the senior from Wayne State College got the start for Swift Current. After 5.2 innings St. Pierre gave way to the 57’s bullpen. Swift Current used six relief pitchers in the contest. Aidan Goodall took the loss allowing four runs on three hits over 1.2 innings.
Regina now returns to Currie Field on Saturday to host the Western Division’s top team, the Okotok Dawgs. Game time is 7pm at Currie Field.
Brooks 5 at Edmonton 14
The Edmonton Prospects scored early and often as they defeated the Brook Bombers 14-5. Edmonton generated 11 hits as they won their 21st game of the season. The lopsided loss dropped Brooks to 14-27. Brooks has now lost four consecutive games and fallen from the Western Division Playoff race.
In the bottom of the fifth Erik Sabrowski hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning to help the Prospects win their third game in a row. Sabrowski finished the night three for five with three RBI and two runs scored. Zane Takhar added three runs on two hits and a RBI.
Offensively Kyler Genenbacher was one of the bright spots for Brooks. He was two for four with a run. Griffin Robinson also had a pair of hits in the loss.
Cody Vega, the freshman from Alvin Community College started for Brooks. The Prospect batters got to him early in the game pounding out eight hits while scoring 11 runs. Kyle Poapst came out of the bullpen and pitched a full inning. He also was tagged for three runs on three hits and three walks. Austin Ell got the final four outs.
Taran Oulton made his seventh start for the Edmonton Prospects. The Legal, AB product did not disappoint the 1,306 fans at Re/Max Field as he pitched 7.1 innings allowing three runs on five hits and five walks. He also struck out five of the 31 batters he faced. Andrew Grieder took over in the eighth inning. Brett Higgins finished the game for Edmonton.
Okotoks 8 at Melville 2
A short rain delay could not stop the WMBL’s top team in the Western Division. The 28-11 Dawgs defeated the, 11-29, Melville Millionaires 8-2 at Pirie Field. The Dawgs needed a six run ninth inning to pull away from the Money Men.
Cole Henley started for Melville. He pitched an impressive seven innings allowing just two runs on seven hits. He also recorded five strikeouts. Reliever Keaton Sullivan took the loss allowing two runs in one inning of work.
Okotoks used a team pitching effort to get the win. Jack Rupe started for the Dawgs and lasted 5.1 shutout innings before turning things over to the Okotoks bullpen. Brennen Lauffenburger earned the win for the Dawgs. He is now 3-0 in 11 relief appearances this season.
Greg Cullen and Matt Lloyd both went yard in the top of the fifth inning to give Okotoks a lead they would not relinquish. Cullen also hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to put this one away for the Dawgs.
Melville outfielder Anthony Ramirez had two of the Millionaires’ five hits. The Money Men also stole five bases
Fort McMurray at Yorkton postponed until Saturday, July 22